Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

New Swimming Pool Decking is Lifesaver for Unity School District

Foam Pool Decking Makes Makes Unity Pool a Safer Place to Swim

By Brett Hart

After years of battling the cleaning, repair and hazards of a ceramic tile floor in its pool, spa and locker room areas, the Unity School District, located in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, decided to try something new in the Fall of 2016 – and couldn’t be happier with the results.

”You could never clean it and get it scrubbed,” said Jeffery Allen who has been in charge of pool maintenance since 2010. He noted that he was constantly fighting calcium buildup and patching chunks that were coming out of the floor.

Safety Concerns

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Unity School District New Pool Deck Floor with Steve “Dewey” Strilzuk

The main issue, however, was safety, according to Maintenance and Operations Director Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk.

”Little kids, of course, are always running around by pools and… the (stainless steel) edges we had were a concern,” Strilzuk said. ”The fall factor was big.”

Laurie Paulson, who has been the pool manager at the Unity School District swimming pool for the last 15 years, estimated dealing with 5 to 10 slips or falls daily as a result of the hard, slippery tile floor.

”Maybe not severe, but enough to bonk their head or be uncomfortable,” Paulsen said. ”We have a lot of senior adults as well. It was really slippery, and they had trouble walking on the floor.”

ceramic tile pool deck before installation of Life Floor Unity School Pool Greatmats

Ceramic Pool Tile before Installation of Life Floor

The Answer

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Installation of Life Floor Super Grip Ripples Tiles

After being presented with the option of Life Floor Super Grip Ripple Tiles from Greatmats, the board of education and superintendent liked the safety features of the foam/rubber blended tiles, including slip resistance and cushion.

”They were going to retile, but when the price tag came through, this took precedent,” Allen said. ”Plus, the down time was a lot less. They had this done in a week and a half.”

”We have a lot of community members and a lot of lake home owners who come into this area that use our facility,” Strilzuk said. ”It’s used 24-7, from about 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night almost every day. … We want to make sure we make it safe for everyone. … With the cushion and traction that we’ve got with this floor, I think we made a great decision.”

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Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Greatmats Life Floor Super Grip Tiles Installed at Unity School

”The appearance is awesome,” he added. ”(Pool users) really really like the edges of the pool and the (rubber and vinyl) edges of the wading pool. … With the tile and the stainless edge, that really wasn’t a good combination. I used to bring my kid here all the time and the biggest concern was the edge of the pool and wading pool had very sharp edges and when I even think about the kids slipping and falling, going into the pools as they would, hitting their heads on that was a major concern.”

”The kids are not getting hurt anymore,” Paulsen said. ”The accidents have been cut by 90 percent. It’s better than the expectations. This floor is amazing.”

Paulsen added that as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, she often works 11 hour days and the comfort factor of the Life Floor pool decking has made her life much easier.

”My legs are just as comfortable as early in the morning,” Paulsen said. ”Where before my back would hurt, my legs would hurt. It was very miserable.”

Her students love the new flooring for a totally different reason.

”When you do swim lessons, we have the kids sit and the floor, and before they were grossed out. Now they don’t mind sitting on the floor or doing demonstrations on the floor.”

”The public loves it,” she added. ”From toddlers crawling around to senior citizens. We have special needs people, along with the students. Everyones loves it. .. Now, (the seniors) come out and they’re so secure and feel really safe. It was a great investment – great product for our pool.”

Since the daily cleaning this grippy foam/rubber flooring is very different than cleaning ceramic tiles, the district purchased a new stand-on floor scrubber for the large areas and a smaller machine for tighter spaces, such as the locker rooms and bathrooms which now feature Life Floor Slate Tiles.

”I’ve been coming here for years with my son, even before I started working here, and we love using this pool,” Strilzuk said. ”Thank you to the board. This is huge for the community and the safety of all families.”

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School locker room

Installation of Greatmats Life Floor Slate Tiles in Locker Room

Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk
Unity School District
Balsam Lake WI 54810
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Customer Review-Patio Aqua Tile

Tile over treated wood deck

As you can see by these photos, Al did a great job with his pool area using Patio Tile Aqua from Greatmats.  A perfect, outdoor wet tile, it is perforated so it doesn’t hold the heat and prevents water from puddling up on the surface.  It’s also a much safer surface for children than concrete.

“The tile made a huge difference,” Al says.  “It covered the aging concrete around the pool.  The tile over the treated wood deck worked great.”

Al covered 1860 square feet of pool area including the deck and the job took him only 29 hours.  Because these wet area tiles require no adhesive, it’s a pretty straightforward job.  Just click the tiles together and cut them off to fit around the pool area and other obstructions.

Tile around pool over existing concrete deck

“I’m very happy with the product and would recommend it to friends.  The only recommendation I would make is that the manufacturer look into making some nosings to finish the edge.”

(We’re actually in contact with the manufacturer about that very thing.  Al had to use 90 degree metal strips to finish the edging by the ladder that descends into the pool.)

“Otherwise, everything went great.”

Thanks, Al.  We appreciate your business.

Tile around pool – opposite end

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles blue patio tiles

StayLock Perforated Tiles – Outdoor Tiles

 

Here’s a great flooring solution for residential or industrial wet areas.  Our StayLock perforated wet tiles provide a non-slip surface that’s great for decks, patios, rooftops, spa and pool surrounds, locker rooms, and shower areas.   This perforated 1×1 ft modular tile is made of soft plastic material and delivers traction and comfort.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects with a tab lock system that will not allow the tiles to work themselves apart over time.  This non-slip plastic flooring is available in a variety of appealing colors for indoor and outdoor applications.  It is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because its easy on bare feet and durable enough for tables and lawn chairs. The top of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet and comfort for standing and walking.
Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Grey Tan Green Terra Cotta BlackThis modular, non-slip plastic floor tile is also great for industrial applications where workers are exposed to wet floors.  This tile will provide an anti fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This pvc tile is naturally resistant to oils, acids, and toxic chemicals because of the pvc base material. StayLock perforated non slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require adhesive for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs, or other obstacles on the floor.

These modular non-slip flooring tiles can also be separated and taken up easily when needed.  The tab attachment system is resilient and designed for multiple installations so you can take the floor with you when it’s time to relocate. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

 

Patio Outdoor Tile

Looking for a comfortable, low maintenance, and easy-to-install flooring for your pool area?  Check out our Patio Outdoor Tile.  It is perfect for outdoor use around wet areas because it is a drain through, elevated floor product. This flooring is also excellent for your hot tub or spa area.   Its drain-through design will not absorb any moisture and lets all water drain through which will insure a consistently dry surface on top of the tiles.  This will keep your surround safe from mold and mildew as well as provide a more comfortable area.  This is critical because, if water is absorbed by your outdoor patio tile and freezes, the ice can crack and destroy your flooring.  With Patio Outdoor Tiles, you won’t have that problem.

Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Terra Cotta ColorAs almost any parent will tell you, keeping children from running near the pool can be a full time job and sometimes they run despite your best efforts.  It is imperative that your pool surround provide extra traction to keep everyone safe.  Fortunately, these tiles provide that extra layer of security for your family and guests.  They are also designed to be comfortable for bare feet.  Patio Outdoor Tiles are perfect for use in a variety of wet areas including swimming pool areas, spas, showers, decks, and saunas.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Blue ColorThese patio tiles come in three attractive colors: blue, terra cotta, and gray.  They are UV stable for outdoor use so you don’t have to worry about your tiles fading in the sun over time.  They are also weather resistant so you can rest assured that they will last for years. Patio Outdoor Tile is designed to accommodate the weight of common foot traffic and residential tables and chairs for outdoor usage.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Patio Terra Cotta ColorEach patio tile is 11-5/8” x 11-5/8” and 1/2” thick.  They are easy to install because they feature a unique interlocking tab and loop connecting system.  These tiles simply snap together.  You need no messy adhesives and, in most cases, you can simply design your own pool surround in a few hours.  Use our handy online floor planner to determine how many tiles you will need.  Easily cut this PVC floor tile with a utility knife for a total wall-to-wall installation and viola!  You have an attractive, safer, and more pleasant area to relax in by your pool.Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Tile Terra Cotta Color
But don’t take our word for it. Check out our customer reviews to see that, when it comes to outdoor, wet area flooring, Greatmats has got you covered!

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622